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Friday, 25 May 2018

Cream Cheese with Herbs : Low Carb

So easy to make! Just mix a non-flavoured, full-fat cream cheese with fresh herbs and spices and voila - it sure tastes good!

Serves Four
5g carbs per serving

8 oz. cream cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 tablespoons fresh parsley or fresh basil, chopped
1 garlic clove
½ lemon, the zest
salt and pepper, to taste
4 celery stalks, or other fresh vegetables of your liking

Find instructions here

Fresh herbs, garlic and lemon are used in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with your favourite herbs/spices!

Flavoured cream cheese works well with cucumber, bell-pepper or carrot sticks, and with low-carb bread and sesame crisp-bread.

Basil ... is a versatile and widely used aromatic herb. Basil is an annual plant that is easy to grow from seed but is very sensitive to cold. The plant grows well in warm climates and is widely used throughout southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean, and in many parts of Asia. There are numerous species of basil; some have scents reminiscent of pineapple, lemon, cinnamon or cloves; others have beautiful purple leaves. The variety called holy basil (tulsi) is an essential part of an authentic Thai curry. In Mediterranean regions, basil and tomato is a classic combination. Pesto, made from basil leaves and pine nuts, with parmesan or pecorino cheese and olive oil (traditionally pounded together in a mortar and pestle – the latter lends pesto its name) is another classic dish.

Parsley ... no kitchen should be without a good supply of this multi-purpose herb. It can be used as a garnish and flavouring and as a vegetable. There are two main varieties: curly leaf and flat-leaf. Both can be used for the same purposes although flat-leaf parsley has a stronger flavour and tends to be favoured in Mediterranean cooking.

Chives ... the smallest and most delicate member of the onion family, chives are a popular herb used in European cookery. They have long, thin green blades that are hollow inside. They have a mild, grassy flavour similar to baby spring onions or young leeks. There is also an Asian variety of chive called Chinese chives, garlic chives or kuchai.

Read more about 'Cooking with herbs the low carb way' here

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...smooth and creamy!

Carol Blackburn said...

Yum.....cream cheese has been a staple of my diet since I was a little girl. My mother used to eat cream cheese with olives and I grew to like it too. Thanks! Have a great weekend.

Valerie-Jael said...

This is something I often make for myself with varying ingredients. Hugs, Valerie

Jo said...

Yum, that's my kind of snack.

William Kendall said...

That sounds good.

handmade by amalia said...

Looks delicious and I like that you can really play with it. A great idea for entertaining.

Out on the prairie said...

I like a few minced olives in mine also.

Chris Lally said...

It's still hard to believe that full fat choices are good for you, but I am a convert.
Looks yummy, as usual!

JFM/Jan said...

Great choice Jan!!!

Ygraine said...

I really like cream cheese, so I can imagine how delicious it must be with added herbs!
I will definitely give this a try.☺☺
Thank you so much!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Anonymous said...

Cream cheese and celery go together so well.


Mary Kirkland said...

Now this is something I've done and it was good.

Elephant's Child said...

Yum. Those self-same herbs go well with cottage cheese too.

Christine said...

Looks delicious, I've never flavoured my own cream cheese, I should.

Polly said...

mmm delicious, cream cheese is so versatile.

happyone said...

Sounds like a great dip. Nice and creamy.

Lisabella Russo said...

That looks so yummy! Thank you for the herb information too.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

This sounds absolutely delicious. I would love some now. :) Thanks for sharing!

Margaret D said...

Sounds as if it might be a nice dip..

baili said...

yummy dish dear friend!

Basil is permanent part of our daily dishes here ,i really love it's aroma

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images of the cheese/salad.

Lisa said...

Cream cheese and chives are a perfect match.
Lisa x

Snowbird said...

I love chives, they seem to enhance so many dishes!xxx

Magic Love Crow said...

Excellent post! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!